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Janis: A Film ( Janis )

Janis Joplin , Sam Andrew , Howard Alk    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Janis Joplin, Sam Andrew, Dick Cavett
  • Directors: Howard Alk
  • Producers: Janis: A Film ( Janis ), Janis: A Film, Janis
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 95.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L2AFDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,233 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The short, electrifying career of singer Janis Joplin (1943-1970) is chronicled in this 96-minute documentary. Using family photos, interviews and concert clips, a fairly thorough portrait is painted of the dynamic, self-destructive R&B singer. With Joplin, what you saw was what you got: she is as volcanic and unpredictable off-stage as on. Janis Joplin's family had a lot of input in this production; thus, Joplin's music is given precedence over her private demons and her fabled substance abuse. Even so, the language is extremely raw at times, so you may want to preview the film before showing it to your kids. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Janis: A Film ( Janis )

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! 12 May 2010
What an absolute find this is! This is a Dutch issue of the docu-film "Janis", which Channel 4 (in it's infancy) televised in the '80's. The film was originally released in America in 1975, but to my knowledge has never been issued there on DVD (I've been watching out for it ever since the invention of internet!). Don't be put off by the unrecognisable cover, or the Dutch lettering - I'm currently watching a crystal-clear, English language, subtitles switched off faithful reproduction of this film. My treasured VHS tape of the Channel 4 broadcast (received in a dire reception area and barely watchable through the "snow"), can now be consigned to the bin!
"Thank You" Amazon, and the Marketplace seller who supplied it - at a fantastic price, and speedy delivery. Years of prayers have been answered (and that's saying something from a non-believer!).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Amazing live performances captured on film are the reason to see to see this.

The interviews with Janis don't reveal much, and there's no real sense of her history. Even the stage stuff is shot pretty straightforwardly, but, man-o-man could she sing!

One wonderful thing is that a lot of the numbers are uncut, allowed to go their full length, which, with Janis in concert, could easily be 8 minutes or more. The power, the emotion, the energy, the sexiness, the sweet sense of fun she brought to the stage could only be hinted at on her albums. For those reasons it's more than worth sitting through the slightly homogenized off-stage material.

It awful to think that this film is essentially unavailable. Time for a decent DVD re-release!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember her this way 13 April 2012
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
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The sad facts of Janis Joplin's life and death have been recounted in several ever-more selacious books; when there's a new car-crash drug-addict or alcoholic singer in the news, Janis's name is routinely trotted out. We don't need reminding.

This film from 1974 celebrates the performer in all her passionate pomp. Janis on her best form shook her audiences into estatic frenzy. She never wanted to see anyone just sitting there, unresponsive. From the opening voodoo-hippie TV performances with Big Brother & The Holding Company in 1966 to her final major sets from the Festival Express tour, Janis's maturing performance style reflected her love, indeed deep need, of an audience's love. My favourite section is near the end of the film, where the Frankfurt stage becomes the setting for a rockin' party. One by one, at the hostess's insistance, youngsters step up to dance. Janis pulls them by the hands and welcomes them to groove with her. The screen fades away on a party that must have been very hard to break up!

From its opening - 'Mercedes Benz' plays as a camera pans over Janis's psychedelic-painted car - to the touching closing photo-montage throughout her life, the film reminds us of just what an impact Janis had on Rock and Soul. She speaks of her love for the blues, her admiration for black singers and her carefully worded disdain for 'straight people'.

Don't be put off by the Dutch text on the cover, this is the original film. It's a joy to watch Janis. I've always thought of her as my Soul Sister No.1, and all the fabulous footage reminds me of why she touched me so deeply the first time I heard that extraordinary voice. Unforgettable!
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